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Great Introduction For Non-Roxy Folks
on 28 December 2013
Happily, this book was written by somebody who seemed to love Roxy Music and its music. The author did his research on the main members, going through their Roxy work and their solo projects. He wrote in-depth about each Roxy song. I have a feeling he could have gone into greater depth about each track.
The first Roxy Music song I was exposed to was "Oh Yeah (On the Radio)" when it was released. What a sad, melancholy song. Then there was their final album Avalon which blew me away. For all intents and purposes, I was ignorant of Roxy Music's work prior to Flesh + Blood.
After reading this book, I came over here to amazon.co.uk and purchased their CD box set of albums. As I listen to each album, I am impressed. Of course, being an American, I missed their influence on most of the 1980s British music I listen to - and own. That is, until you read what the influenced artists had to say about Roxy Music (Duran Duran, Adam Ant, Japan...etc).
My one quibble with this book is how the author dismisses one of my favorite songs - Ultravox's "Vienna". Well, he is a fan of Roxy Music, so nothing can compare to Roxy; therefore, I understand his swipe at Midge & the Boys.
All in all, a good introductory book to Roxy Music and its music.